SwineCast update for January 22, 2009, Initial Banff conversations

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Update for January 22, 2009

We are covering the Banff Pork Seminar so be sure to check out the conference connection tab to stay up on those conversations with Canadian producers and industry leaders. Several hours of travel but rewarded with a different perspective on the North American industry makes it a worthwhile trip. Oh yes, and the mountains. Beautiful location. Conversations on finding profitability in the post-COOL era. Stay tuned.

Banff Swine Seminar 2009

Just back from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention in Texas. That organization walking the tightrope between grain and livestock production, but pulls together on many of the key issues facing agriculture.

What they've got right is the Young Farmer and Rancher group which is a connection point for young singles and couples looking to make their way in farming. And they're using this group to speak out on behalf of good management and husbandry practices in all livestock production. A lot of other organizations would do well to spend as much time with the up and comers as Farm Bureau.

Next week we'll be at the Iowa Pork Congress. We'll be bringing you a variety of speaker presentations and capturing the conversations on how people are working through the tough times.

Iowa Pork Congress 2009

SwineCast® Podcasts

Special leadership training conversation with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at Stanford University.
  • MP3 fileAudio: SwineCast 0373, Swine Vet Center's Darwin Reicks shares the groups experience in filtering for PRRS and the economic realities of such a decision. Also, Iowa State's Jeff Zimmerman discusses his presentation following the International PRRS Symposium on easy sampling methods for PRRS and other pathogens.
  • MP3 fileAudio: SwineCast 0372, Presentation on the unsustainability of current U.S. fiscal policy from the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention... The Deficit Wakeup Tour!
SwineCast® Headliners

Get the latest thoughts and commentary on the industry.
  • BlogBlog: 2009 and Beyond: The New Strategic Environment, Part 2, by Dennis DiPietre. Worldwide demand for natural resouces, value-added food items and consumer goods is down sharply as a dramatic slowdown of the world's largest economies continues. The contraction phase of this worldwide recession is still underway at the beginning of 2009 and will likely continue well into at least the first quarter. Read more.
  • BlogBlog: 2009 and Beyond: The New Strategic Environment, Part 1, by Dennis DiPietre. Sometimes its hard to tell if recent events, like the generalized global economic meltdown, cast a shadow that is a vapor and will burn off as the sun comes out again, or whether they are a harbinger of a more persistent, new strategic environment in the global market and political system. Read more.
  • BlogBlog: Don Tyler, Conseling Employees on Personal Finances. More and more of my clients are having difficulty with their employees who are in a personal financial mess. Tough economic times tend to expose the strengths and weaknesses of people’s overall money management. Sometimes they try to maintain their regular spending habits with credit without the thought that eventually they have to pay the bill. Read more.
  • BlogBlog: Jeremy Knutson provides insights on the markets. "No follow through rally on hogs." Read more.
Conference Connection
SwineCast® Conference Connection

New selected videos from the Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health 2008 seminar, December 7, 2008, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Link to videoVideo: BI Swine Health 2008: Regional PRRSV Monitoring Using Oral Fluids.
  • Link to videoVideo: BI Swine Health 2008: Review of software utilities to assess, monitor and manage PRRS.

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